The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Putin. While it is unlikely that the warrant will actually be executed, it is an assessment that the International Criminal Court has made clear that Putin was responsible for committing war crimes.

Paris Kwaksang is a correspondent.


The International Criminal Court says it has issued arrest warrants against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President's Office commissioner for children's rights.

There are grounds to believe that children are responsible for the alleged illegal relocation of children from occupied Ukrainian territories to Russian territory, etc.

[Hoffmannski/President of the International Criminal Court: The ICC reviewed the information and evidence submitted by the prosecutor and determined that their alleged crimes were credible.]

This is the first time the ICC has named Russia's highest-ranking official as an official suspect since the war in Ukraine.

But Russia withdrew from the International Criminal Court in 2016, so it's unlikely that an arrest warrant against Putin will be executed.

A Kremlin spokesman also dismissed the ICC's decision, calling it outrageous and unacceptable.

However, Putin's diplomatic isolation is likely to intensify as other countries that are members of the International Criminal Court are obliged to arrest suspects for whom arrest warrants have been issued, even if they are heads of foreign governments, and hand them over to the tribunal.

Ukraine welcomed the ICC's decision, calling it a historic decision.

In particular, he called the decision a demonstration that the Russian regime is a criminal group and that its leadership and subordinates must be held accountable.

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